Lie #1 – You can’t know the will of God
This one is sometimes coupled with other statements like “His thoughts and ways are just so much higher than ours, we can’t know what His will is!” (Which is an attempt to quote Isaiah 55:9, but this verse never says we can’t know God’s will – we’ll cover that in another post!), and “You just never know what God is gonna do.”
Well, while we may not always know the exact ways in which God will bring His will to pass in our lives, we can and should know His will. (Example: we, as believers, know that God wants people to be born again. What we don’t know is exactly how He’s going to go about reaching out to each individual.) We have page upon page of God’s will available to us, and we’re not supposed to be living in some sort of weird guessing game filled with confusion and uncertainty.
But don’t take my word for it – taking another person’s word for it is what gets us into these messes!
Paul told the Ephesians to understand the will of God. Hello? He wouldn’t have told them to do that if it was impossible for them to do so.
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:17
And in one of his letters to the Corinthians, Paul told them that the Holy Spirit (that now resides in every believer) reveals the will of God to us:
But as it is written:
“ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
BUT GOD HAS REVEALED them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 (emphasis mine)
Okay, so we can see from this scripture that we can, in fact, know the will of God – but how do we find out what the will of God is? Well, crack open your Bible. Read it. Look at everything Jesus did and said. Jesus said that He did what He saw the Father do. And what would the Father do? His own will.
So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” John 5:19 (NLT)
And if you read the Bible, you’ll see what Jesus did – He preached the kingdom of God and repentance, He healed the sick, He fed the multitudes, etc. That is the will of God, and it hasn’t changed (Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3:6).
And on another note, take a peek at Mark 16:17-18 if you don’t believe that all of those things are still His will today.
See you next week!
See you next week!